BU to Develop Handheld UV Laser
Boston University professor Theodore
Moustakas of the electrical and computer engineering department has received a $1.5
million, two-year subcontract from DARPA to help develop a handheld electron-beam-pumped
semiconductor laser that would be the first to operate in the ultra-violet region.
Because of its ultralow emission wavelength and compact size, it could be exploited
for a wide range of defense and commercial applications, including non-line-of-sight
communication in dense urban areas and other military theaters, via airborne particulates
that propagate the signal; for identification of biological and chemical substances
used in potential terror attacks; and for point-of-care chemical analysis of blood
and other bodily fluids.
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